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Jesus Loves Me, Yes I Know

Yesterday I was hard at work when I began to hear a piece of music in my head. I wrote it out as a quintet -- two flutes, bass viol, contrabass and piano. As I entered it into a computer interface, I heard words in the music. I wrote them down too. The music will be made available when I have finished polishing it. Here are the words. I am sorry the computer will only show them double-spaced -my blog software skips a line after every hard return, so it apparently thinks each line of a poem is a new paragraph. 

Jesus Loves Me, Yes I Know (based on “The Vision of Enoch,” in Szekely’s The Gospel of the Essenes)

Jesus loves me, yes I know,

He loves me when He speaks to me,

Loves me when my hopes are low,

Bringing what I seek to me.

 

Jesus loves me, so I know

He will not abandon me,

Walk beside me where I go,

Whatever distance calls to me.

 

Travel far, adventurous heart,

Until the sun I chase is setting slowly,

Then return to who I was;

Christ is still there waiting for me –

Christ is still waiting for me.

 

I spoke to you when you were born, my son;

            Be still, and know that I am God.

I speak to you in stars;

            I am God.

I spoke to you in your first play,

            Be still, and know that I am God –

And your fulfillment was My pay.

            Be still, and know that I am God.

I spoke to you when you were wed,

And godly was the life you led.

            Be still, be still, be still, know I am God.

I spoke to you when your house fell,

I gave you Mine to live in well,

Be still, be still, and know the house of God.

I spoke to you when you were lost,

And you were lost no more –

            Be still, be still my child, know I am God.

I spoke to you when you were sad,

And sadness left your door.

            Be still, be still, be still, be still, my child – know I am God.

 

Jesus loves me, yes I know,

He loves me when He speaks to me,

Loves me when my hopes are low,

Bringing what I seek to me.

 

Jesus loves me, so I know

He will not abandon me,

Walk beside me where I go,

Whatever distance calls to me.

 

Travel far, adventurous heart,

Until the sun I chase is setting slowly,

Then return to who I was;

Christ is still there waiting for me –

Christ is still waiting for me.


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